Black Yarn: A Fictional Series (part 8/10)

cont’d from parts 1/10 , 2/10, 3/10, 4/10, 5/10, 6/10, 7/10) Dumb Luck Now you’re probably thinking the state pen must have had about the greatest company ball team in history around this time on account of the sudden influx of talented players landing themselves, with more than a little bit of help as you … Continue reading Black Yarn: A Fictional Series (part 8/10)

A Random Tribute to Bob Feller

  It’s mighty hard to set major league records when you’re crouched down in a U-boat with bombs bursting around it. But somehow, inexplicably, Mr. Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians managed to do pretty well in that department even though he spent the prime of his career some 3,000 miles from the nearest American … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Bob Feller

Black Yarn: A Fictional Series (part 7/10)

cont’d from parts 1/10 , 2/10, 3/10, 4/10, 5/10, 6/10) Honus O’Malley couldn’t have been happier to learn of McGraw’s tragic accident--not if he’d tripped into a pot of gold after hearing about it. He organized a half-hearted search party to go off hunting for Sullivan and Meriwiskey, mostly to soften the blow of his … Continue reading Black Yarn: A Fictional Series (part 7/10)

A Random Tribute to Tony Lazzeri

  The date was May 24, 1936. The New York Yankees had just made a trip to Philadelphia to take on Connie Mack’s Athletics. Fans flocked to the Baker Bowl to get a glimpse of the Bronx Bombers and their illustrious lineup. After all, they were once again favorites to win the AL pennant. And … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Tony Lazzeri

Black Yarn: A Fictional Series (Part 5/10)

cont’d from parts 1/10 , 2/10, 3/10, 4/10 Grizzly Bear Mining was hard work and there weren’t a whole lot of breaks when you were down in the hole all day, but every once in awhile you’d get a little bit of down time. Mostly, it was for pretty tame reasons, like the engineers going … Continue reading Black Yarn: A Fictional Series (Part 5/10)

A Random Tribute to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-Game Hitting Streak

  May 15, 1941- Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper, ripped a single off of White Sox pitcher Eddie Smith. He was a wiry, young Italian-American who had learned the game of baseball on the sandlots of San Francisco and had grown to play centerfield for the New York Yankees. He didn’t know it at the … Continue reading A Random Tribute to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-Game Hitting Streak

A Random Tribute to El Toro

  On an April day in 1981 with unlikely circumstances, an unlikely hero with an unlikely physical stature and an uncertain official birth date rocked into his motion, gazed into the heavens, and uncorked a wicked screwball from his left arm. What he didn’t realize at the time was he had not only begun an … Continue reading A Random Tribute to El Toro

Black Yarn: A Fictional Series (part 2/10)

cont'd from part 1/10 Orange Dust I’ll never forget how the sun blazed down on Dusty’s fair skin that day. Almost like the spotlight had finally found its mark on the stage. It was a Sunday. I remember because it was the day all the churchgoers—every man, woman and child still well enough to breathe—would … Continue reading Black Yarn: A Fictional Series (part 2/10)

A Random Tribute to The Tall Tactician

  Connie Mack said a lot of things during his career. Of course it’s easy to say a lot when your career as manager spans half a century. He once said, “Humanity is the keystone that holds nations and men together. When that collapses, the whole structure crumbles.  This is as true of baseball teams … Continue reading A Random Tribute to The Tall Tactician